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Monday, April 03, 2006

The Suffering of God

Came across this quote today while reading Barbara Brown Taylor (one of our best Episcopal preachers), and thought it connected beautifully the themes of lent/cross and our peacemeal/piecemeal identity:
"Christianity is the only world religion that confesses a God who suffers. It is not all that popular an idea, even among Christians. We prefer a God who perevents suffering, only that is not the God we have got. What the cross teaches us is that God's power is not the power to force human choices and end human pain. It is, instead, the power to pick up the shattered pieces and make something holy out of them--not from a distance but right close up" (God in Pain, p. 118).

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At Thu Apr 20, 11:49:00 AM GMT-5, Blogger Paul Thomas said...

wow powerful!
keep writing my friend. The God who suffers. I like that and thank him tha the suffered in my place.



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